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Former EDL member 'taunted' police

A former member of the English Defence League "taunted" police on Facebook while on the run for attempted robbery.

Guramit Singh Kalirai, 31, was sentenced in his absence last month after he failed to turn up for his trial.

While on the run, the former EDL spokesman used his Facebook page to protest his innocence and apologise to family and friends. He also "checked in" at landmarks in London including Trafalgar Square and the London Eye.

A week before he failed to show at Nottingham Crown Court, his Facebook profile picture was changed to show a photograph of him drinking champagne and smoking a cigar.

A warrant was issued for Kalirai's arrest when he failed to appear at the court on September 17.

He was found guilty of attempted robbery by a jury and given six-and-a-half years in jail in his absence a week later on September 24.

The trial heard Kalirai, along with two accomplices, pinned a shop assistant at a gardening equipment shop to the ground and bound him while making threats to slash his throat during the raid in May this year, Nottinghamshire Police said.

Kalirai, of Bramcote, Nottinghamshire, was arrested by police in Long Eaton, Derbyshire, last Sunday.

A spokesman for Notts Police said: "Officers put considerable time and effort into locating Kalirai and so we're pleased that he will now begin the sentence handed to him in September.

"Any criminal who fails to attend a trial and is found guilty in their absence is only putting off the inevitable."


From Belfast Telegraph